Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Woman On Flight To Detroit

Kristopher Drake
January 5, 2018

In yet another shocking incident, an Indian-origin man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 22-year-old girl who was sleeping beside him on board a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit early on Jan 3. "She woke up to a hand in her trousers and noticed that her trousers and shirt were unbuttoned", reported Agent Kyle Dodge.

The shaken and crying passenger immediately alerted flight attendants about the alleged assault, according to the complaint cited by CBS Detroit. The victim said she woke up to Ramamoorthy penetrating her with his fingers and The girl complained the flight attendants after she found her trousers and shirt unbuttoned.

Sexual harassment and abuse on airplanes is a largely unreported but prevalent issue for passengers, according to a report by the Seattle Times.

The woman was sitting in the window seat next to the man, Prabhu Ramamoorthy.

Before talking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, however, Ramamoorthy claimed that he had been in "deep sleep" while the assault allegedly happened, and that the victim had fallen asleep on his knees. But the prosecutor said that "flight attendants did not report that anyone asked them to change seats other than the victim".

Ramamoorthy and his wife are living on a temporary visa, thereby disqualifying the latter as suitable custodian, according to federal prosecutor, Amanda Jawad. Flight attendants say that never happened. "What makes this offense particularly egregious and the defendant even more of a danger to the community is the fact that it took place on an airplane".

But apparently he changed his statement later and said that he may have unclasped the victim's bra while she was asleep and placed his hands over her breasts.

Ramamoorthy's lawyer, Richard O'Neill, offered to turn over his client's passport. A spokesman with Spirit Airlines said in an email that it is coordinating with law implementation.

A CNN investigation found that FBI investigations into midair sexual assault have jumped by 66 percent from the fiscal year of 2014 to 2017.

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